Marijuana and Cannabis News
By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in News
Monday, September 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm
|Trail of blood on Phyllis Loquasto's stairs after her beloved dog "Duke" was shot by WayneNET Task Force officers|
Earlier this month, when police held a 75-year-old woman at gunpoint and killed her dog, lots of us in the marijuana community were horrified, appalled and outraged. The disgusting, terroristic tactics of would-be Rambos on over-funded, over-armed, over-enthusiastic redneck local drug task forces is enough to make anybody want to throw up.
Some, however, have more means at their disposal to express their disapproval of such jack-booted thug tactics.
Members of the online activist collective Team Vendetta on Monday afternoon took down he website of the Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team, "doxing" the entire task force team (gleaning their personal information from the site) and posting online the information of the top three men in charge of the team.
The widespread disgust was due to a botched drug raid during which Wayne County Sheriff's deputies, along with Macedon Police officers, broke into 75-year-old Phyllis Loquasto's home in Walworth, New York, forced her at gunpoint to lie on her bathroom floor, screamed at her to close her eyes and stay down, then executed her dog, "Duke," by shooting him.
As she was lying on her bathroom floor, Loquasto could hear the cops talking in loud voices, reports Information Liberation. "The dog hadn't even barked, yet I heard one of them say, 'He's aggressive, shoot him!' I'll never forget the sound of that gunshot and the blood flying everywhere," Loquasto said.
"They did all this while forcing me to lay on the bathroom floor, screaming at me to stay down, and holding me at gunpoint," she said. "I'm 75 years old, had three strokes and knee replacement, and can hardly walk. There was nothing I could do to help my pet."
Duke died a slow and agonizing death. "They shot him with a shotgun in such a manner that he ran around in pain and bled all over the house and suffered a slow, cruel death," Loquasto said. "There was no reason for this kind of treatment; they killed my dog for no good reason. This was the sweetest and most gentle animal anyone could want. I would trust him with a baby."
After the dog was killed, Loquasto was taken outside and placed in a police car, in the heat, for more than an hour. It was only then that Phyllis realized that these masked men who had broken into her home, held her at gunpoint, screamed at her and killed her dog were police officers -- you know, "Protect and Serve." Yeah...
Meanwhile, Team Vendetta's lulz Op against the Wayne County Drug Task Force site -- including posting the personal information of the officers in charge -- was causing a stir.
"We noticed we got 29 shares and only four likes, so we knew there was a shock value," Toke of the Town's confidential source within Team Vendetta told us Monday afternoon. "Doxing officers publicly isn't something you see every day, but we are not so sure it's gonna end there."
"We feel maybe they should be slapped on the wrist for this, so we just MIGHT take out the task force site completely once we are done 'borrowing' the private info we found inside," our Team Vendetta source told us. "It is our site now. We are already in. We own it -- they just don't know it yet. And we might just knock it out completely."
"They would need a new domain and servers and machines if we do so," our source told us. "This involves cannabis, elderly abuse and dog murder by a task force -- and they got punished for it. That doesn't happen often."
"When we tagged and catalogued the task force site, we took a screen shot once we got in," our source told us. "We knocked it out just long enough to take a screen shot to test it out but not let the task force know that we owned their site. Now we are just deciding if we want to slap their wrists or cook everything they have."
"We are playing with them now," our source told us Monday afternoon. "Taking their site down then letting them up. This is a distraction while their hard drive fills up and then if we decide to cook it, we will. So far nine gigs have been transferred."
Team Vendetta has also decided to donate Phyllis a new companion puppy if it is OK with her and her family, the group revealed on Monday. The name of the new puppy will be "Vendetta."
The group encourages members of the cannabis community and the American public at large to share this post in hopes that other officers will see it and not react so violently to innocent elderly people and animals.